Digital Generation Youth at Cities of Learning


Digital transformation has already disrupted social and economic life on both sides of the Mediterranean. The rise of digital technologies creates new jobs, promotes economic mobility and improves access to public services. Digital single markets are seen as the way forward both in Africa and in Europe. Nonetheless, a lot is still to be done in making digital skills more accessible and recognisable, especially for the young and underprivileged.

Digital Generation Youth project connects South Africa, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Lithuania for sharing our best practices in digital literacy education and provides solutions for recognition of non-formal skills.

In 2020-2021, project partners will research, design and pilot new methodologies for digital skills development and rethink how digital transformation could drive up-skilling of young people with fewer opportunities.

Project activities. Partners will get a better understanding of local contexts during 4 dedicated study visits and meetings with stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Based on these encounters, research on learning patterns of young people and methodologies developed, 2 job shadowing missions will take the project back to Nigeria and South Africa, making sure changes are implemented in a sustainable manner, taking the local needs and ideas into account.


This strategic partnership is part of long-term collaboration between several Cities and Regions of Learning.


Exchange of good practices of developing youth digital literacies

The partners hosted a series of webinars to share good practices and methodologies that we and our local partners use to develop youth digital literacies.

Aligning Youth Work Activities with DigComp 2.1 Framework

June 2020, hosted by Breakthrough (the Netherlands) and Ready4life (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

This webinar aimed to explore the vast possibilities the DigComp 2.1: The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens offer for learning providers. We wanted to encourage project partners to connect project activities with existing frameworks and support the competence recognition process.

Read the blog post or watch the webinar recording:

Let’s talk Cities of Learning Platform!

April 2020, hosted by Ready4life (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Our network partner from South Africa already has a number of learning opportunities offered by young people, organisations and other learning providers on the Eastern Cape Region of Learning! On the 29th of April, the managers of the platform in the region invited local organisations and educators and international partners from Lithuania and Netherlands for online consultation and presentation about Cities and Regions of Learning.

Read the blog post or watch the webinar recording:


Cities of Learning – Feeling a Part of a Digital Family

April 2020, hosted by Nectarus (Vilnius, Lithuania)

This webinar aimed at connecting and sharing developments and good practices among partners. This webinar focused on Life Cycle of Cities and Regions of Learning to pass the best practice of developing this innovative solution in partner cities.

Read the blog post and watch the webinar recording:


Study Visit ‘Digital literacies for youth with fewer opportunities’

January 2020, hosted by partners in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Read impressions from our 1st study visit and discover activities of visit available on the platform of the Eastern-Cape Region of Learning.

Photos from the study visit in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


Partner consortium. Digital Generation Youth is implemented by Breakthrough Foundation (NL) aimed at supporting young people and youth workers to be internationally pro-active, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre W.TEC (NG), Ready4Life promoting digital, life skills and 21st century workplace readiness in Nelson Mandela Bay Area (SA), Africa research and consultancy centre AfriKo (LT), and Nectarus striving to add digital dimension to youth work and non-formal education in Lithuania and globally (LT).

This project is a collaboration by partners from Vilnius City of Learning, Eastern Cape Region of Learning and Tilburg City of Learning. We aim at exploring how we develop digital literacies and digital skills of young people in our cities and regions. We hope that soon we can bring Cities of Learning to Lagos.

The project is funded by the European Union through the ERASMUS+ programme.